A recent study was conducted as researchers have seen a 35 percent rise in the number of deaths due to alcohol from 2007 to 2017.
Alcohol kills more people each year than overdoses through cancer, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis and suicide, among other ways. Alcohol overdoses kills more people each year than overdose of drugs, cancer or suicide, according to a new analysis though teenagers are perceived to be engaged in drinking more death from drinking only rose by 16 percent whereas death rose by 67 percent while men rose only by 29 percent.
People’s risk of dying, of course, increases as they age. What’s new is that alcohol is indirectly and directly responsible for causing early deaths and or cause heart diseases, liver failure, mental health issues amongst various other things.
“The story is that no one has noticed this,” says Max Griswold, who helped develop the alcohol estimates for the institute. “It hasn’t really been researched before.”
The state and the government can have an effect on reducing these numbers – especially dangerous binge drinking – some states have implemented policies taxes on alcohol and restrictions on where and when it can be sold.
Psychologist Benjamin Miller, chief strategy officer at the nonprofit Well Being Trust, says “the larger health challenges in the South are to blame for high alcohol death rates. Southern states typically rank near the bottom in national rankings in cancer, cardiovascular disease and overall health.”
A team of independent researchers released a report in the February 2018 issue of the journal of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
The researchers, who looked at ER visits in USA from 2006 to 2014, found the largest increase in cases with middle aged – women being highly intoxicated or being injured due to intoxication. Doctors state that older, often lifelong drinkers don’t need only to have their stomachs pumped. They frequently have multiple complications from their drinking.
Their often bulbous bellies need to be drained of fluid, which builds up from liver cirrhosis, and their lungs cleared of aspirated vomit, says Dr. Anthony Marchetti, an emergency room doctor at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, Georgia.
They might also have brain hemorrhages or internal bleeding, because booze prevents their blood from clotting properly.
By middle age, Marchetti says, long-term drinking can also lead to heart failure, infections due to immune suppression, a type of dementia from alcohol-induced brain damage, stomach ulcers and a much higher risk of cancer.
Opoiod overdoses kill about 72,000 people a year, grabbed America’s attention, but did not notice the subsequent slow rise in consumption of alcohol accelerated, especially in Southern states and the nation’s capital.
Making matters worse, alcoholism is trickier to treat – and criticize – than opioid addiction.
“Culturally, we’ve made it acceptable to drink but not to go out and shoot up heroin,” Miller says. “A lot of people will read this and say ‘What’s the problem?’ ”
“It might be a more socially acceptable addiction, but alcoholism is at least three times costlier to treat than opioid addiction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s a far more complicated midlife crisis to address.“
Attorney Lisa Smith has been in recovery from alcohol and cocaine addiction for a decade. Smithspeaks at legal conferences and law firms such as Byrd’s about the hazards of lawyers’ high-stress days and booze-fueled dinners with clients. But she’s fighting forces far larger than her profession.
“It is poison, and we’re treating it like it’s something other than that because there‘s big corporate money behind it,” she says. “A lot of people are getting really rich on something that is toxic to us.”